Webber quickest as rain remains at Interlagos

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix third practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013Mark Webber ended the final practice session of his Formula One career fastest at Interlagos.

Conditions remained wet for the third session in a row and this session saw the slowest lap times of the weekend so far. However the conditions eased sufficiently for several drivers to set times on intermediate tyres before the chequered flag came out.

Lewis Hamilton had become the first driver to lap the circuit in under 90 seconds when Webber ventured out of the pits on intermediate tyres. He cut two seconds off Hamilton’s time and that remained the quickest time of the session.

As the clock ran down Romain Grosjean moved up to second ahead of team mate Heikki Kovalainen. Valtteri Bottas also ran on the intermediate tyres and took fourth for Williams, followed by Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber.

The other Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez was the only car to set a time during the very wet first half hour of the session. He logged the most laps of any driver and ended practice seventh behind Jean-Eric Vergne.

Four drivers did not set times at all during the session including both of the Ferraris.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.891 5
2 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’28.195 0.304 5
3 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’28.595 0.704 6
4 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’28.600 0.709 12
5 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.830 0.939 15
6 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.921 1.030 5
7 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.215 1.324 21
8 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’29.686 1.795 10
9 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’29.736 1.845 6
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’29.913 2.022 8
11 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’29.980 2.089 8
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.988 2.097 9
13 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.635 2.744 9
14 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’30.837 2.946 14
15 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.972 3.081 10
16 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’31.154 3.263 14
17 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’31.857 3.966 4
18 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’32.731 4.840 4
19 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 4
20 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2
21 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1
22 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’24.781 1’27.306 30
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.230 1’28.147 1’29.980 +4.75 30
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.387 1’27.531 1’31.857 +6.47 31
4 Jenson Button McLaren 1’25.391 1’31.770 32
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.593 1’28.928 25
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.797 1’27.592 1’27.891 +2.094 40
7 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’25.946 1’30.748 1’32.731 +6.785 27
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.064 17
9 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’26.133 1’28.129 1’28.595 +2.462 50
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.232 1’28.560 1’28.830 +2.598 52
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.248 1’28.540 26
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.326 1’29.049 1’29.215 +2.889 66
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.570 1’28.891 1’28.195 +1.625 45
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.593 1’28.405 1’28.921 +2.328 38
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.115 1’29.783 1’29.913 +2.798 40
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’27.269 1’30.425 1’28.600 +1.331 50
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.358 1’29.717 1’29.686 +2.328 46
18 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’27.436 9
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’28.107 1’31.118 1’31.154 +3.047 48
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’28.199 1’31.165 1’30.837 +2.638 46
21 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.739 1’29.988 +1.249 24
22 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’29.174 1’29.736 +0.562 17
23 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.004 1’31.061 1’30.635 +0.631 51
24 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.211 1’30.972 -0.239 29
25 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’32.646 19

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6 comments on Webber quickest as rain remains at Interlagos

  1. Pole is really quite tricky to predict, and I’m not sure that I want HĂĽlkenberg in my top 5 having seen how unstable the car looks in the wet!

  2. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 23rd November 2013, 14:24

    So many untimed laps. What a FP3

  3. McLaren are really keeping their cards close to their chest, ahead of qualifying!

  4. Sam (@) said on 23rd November 2013, 14:42

    A lot of tyre saving could swing the balance. Cars might be way out of place by the end of the race because they are driving on 30+ lap old tyres

  5. kpcart said on 23rd November 2013, 15:11

    would be nice if webber or massa got pole here. wouldn’t predict it though.

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